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Understanding the Difference Between Calming & Energizing Terpenes

Mar 11, 2021 | Hemp + Heart Journal

You can normally smell the strong aromas of cannabis before you even see the plant. They can range from sweet and fruity, to skunky and potent. Sometimes they can be piney, woody, citrusy, or herbal. You can thank terpenes for those complex, flavorful scents that fill your nostrils. Terpenes are organic compounds of the cannabis plant that give it a unique smell and flavor, but they also determine the wellness-boosting properties that hemp extracts can offer. Growing, harvesting and curing terpenes all influence their expression. Using our CBD products allows you to benefit from terpenes. Continue reading to learn more about calming and energizing terpenes:


Cannabis Calming Terpenes

Linalool is the terpene that is responsible for the popular fragrance of lavender oil. Aside from the lavender plant, linalool can be found within birch bark, rosewood and sage. The aroma is sweet and floral, with subtle hints of citrus. This terpene is anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain, and inflammation due to its sedative, relaxing, and calming effects. Linalool’s medicinal benefits include anticonvulsant, anti-microbial, and immune-support properties.

Myrcene is one of the most abundant terpenes found in cannabis. This powerful, herbal compound can also be found in lemongrass, mangos, and hops. It has a peppery, musky, earthy, and clove-like aroma. It is known to produce relaxing, sedative effects. This terpene is great for insomnia, pain and inflammation.

Pinene, another well-known terpene which is responsible for the iconic smell of pine forests. This compound can be found in pine needles, rosemary, basil, and dill. The aroma is very earthy, woodsy, and refreshing. It is the most common terpene in the natural world, and is useful for inflammation, pain and anxiety. Pinene usually produces lightly energizing effects but predominantly calming. Medicinal benefits of this terpene include improved airflow, anti-inflammatory action, and improved memory retention. This terpene is great for those who deal with asthma, ulcers, cancer, and more!


Cannabis Energizing Terpenes

Now, we will shift gears and learn more about energizing terpenes such as Caryophyllene. The complex terpene caryophyllene is found in many herbs and spices such as black pepper, cloves, cinnamon and cotton plants. The sharp scent is spicy, peppery, and woodsy. Caryophyllene has powerful pharmacological effects because it is the only known terpene that can act as a cannabinoid that directly activates the CB2 receptor of the endocannabinoid system. It contains anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and antidepressant properties.

Then there is Limonene, which is highly-recognized because it is most readily found in fruit rinds such as citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon. Aside from fruits, limonene is prevalent in juniper, rosemary and peppermint. The aroma is fresh, pleasantly lemon-like, sweet-tart, and strongly citrusy. The potential effects of limonene include elevated mood and stress relief. This terpene is great for treatment of anxiety, depression, pain, inflammation, and cancer. You can feel focused, as well as reduce heartburn, ulcers, gallstones, and more due to its anti-fungal and anti-depressant properties.

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